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Government crews clear out Ontario homeless camps

Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero and Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez discuss homelessness on Monday, Oct. 14, along the Snake River. (Joe Siess/The Enterprise)

UPDATE: This has been updated to include a Malheur Enterprise video from the scene.

ONTARIO – City and state crews working with heavy machinery cleaned out the remnants of homeless camps along the Snake River north of Ontario on Monday, sending campers scrambling for new places to live.

The effort was announced last week and homeless campers were given several days’ notice to gather their belongings and leave.

The cleanup was prompted by a break-in at one of the wells that pertains to the city’s water treatment plant, causing concern that water could be contaminated.

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